Prospects for Tuesday, 2 September, 2008
From a stamp duty freeze to a thaw in the Arctic. Here's Dan Kelly with the prospects for tonight's programme.
Stamp duty is to be abolished for a year on properties costing less than £175,000 as part of a long awaited package of measures to help the housing market. Will it have much of an effect on house sales and what are the broader political and economic implications? As the Government unveiled its plans, the OECD said that Britain would be in recession over the second half of this year. Which guest would you like on?
Susan Watts has just returned from a trip to the Arctic with British scientists. This is a critical year for the sea ice - last year it fell to a record low, and scientists hoped that might be a blip, but Newsnight has been told that the indications are that this year could be worse. Newsnight's five week "Arctic Adventure" (see the web blogs and clips) followed scientists studying the smallest plant and animal life forms in the Arctic Ocean. Susan's film also captures the beauty of the landscape and the wildlife in the area.
We have the Republican Convention too...what else?